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U.S. Department of Education: Promise Neighborhoods Program

Deadline: September 5, 2017

The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners.

Each Promise Neighborhood project must have several core features: significant need in the neighborhood for the grant services, a strategy to build a continuum of solutions with strong schools at the center, and the capacity to achieve results.

The background vision of the program is that all children and youth growing up in Promise Neighborhoods have access to great schools and strong systems of family and community support that will prepare them to attain an excellent education and successfully transition to college and a career. The purpose of Promise Neighborhoods is to significantly improve the educational and developmental outcomes of children and youth in our most distressed communities, and to transform those communities by:

  • Identifying and increasing the capacity of eligible entities that are focused on achieving results for children and youth throughout an entire neighborhood
  • Building a complete continuum of cradle-to-career solutions of both educational programs and family and community supports, with great schools at the center
  • Integrating programs and breaking down agency “silos” so that solutions are implemented effectively and efficiently across agencies
  • Developing the local infrastructure of systems and resources needed to sustain and scale up proven, effective solutions across the broader region beyond the initial neighborhood
  • Learning about the overall impact of the Promise Neighborhoods program and about the relationship between particular strategies in Promise Neighborhoods and student outcomes, including through a rigorous evaluation of the program

Applicants must meet one Absolute Priority:

  • Absolute Priority 1 is focused on non-rural and non-Tribal applicants
  • Absolute Priority 2 is focused on rural communities
  • Absolute Priority 3 is focused on Tribal communities (Indian Tribe or Tribal organization)

Applicants may address any or all of the Competitive Priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority 1—Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program (0 or 3 points): An applicant must propose to serve geographic areas that were the subject of a targeted strategy addressing crime in a specific community pursuant to a BCJI grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice during FY 2012 or later years.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 2—Drug Free Communities (DFC) Support Program (0 or 3 points): The applicant must either: (1) demonstrate that it has received a DFC grant to prevent opioid abuse (as one of its areas of focus); or (2) provide, in its application, a memorandum of understanding between it and a partner that is a recipient of a DFC grant to address opioid abuse prevention as one of its areas of focus.
  • Competitive Preference Priority 3—Evidence-Based Activities, Strategies, or Interventions (0 or 1 point): An applicant must propose to carry out evidence-based activities, strategies, or interventions that, based on information included in their application, are supported by promising evidence (as defined in this notice).
  • Competitive Preference Priority 4—Promise Zones (0 or 1 point) – This priority is for projects that are designed to serve and coordinate with a federally designated Promise Zone.

Performance measures include:

  • Children enter kindergarten ready to learn
  • Students are proficient in core academic subjects
  • Students successfully transition from middle school to high school
  • Youth graduate from high school
  • High school graduates obtain a post-secondary degree, certification, or credential
  • Students are healthy
  • Students feel safe at school and in their community
  • Students live in stable communities
  • Family and community members support learning in Promise Neighborhoods schools
  • Students have access to 21st Century schools

Amount: There is approximately $30,000,000 available for an estimated 4-6 awards ranging from $4,000,000-$6,000,000.

Eligibility : Under section 4623 of the ESEA, an eligible organization must:

  1. Be one of the following: (a) an institution of higher education; (b) an Indian Tribe or Tribal organization; or (c) one or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership with not less than one of the following entities: i. A high-need LEA. ii. An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102 of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002). iii. The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government. iv. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined under section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 5304).
  2. Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its proposed project, in coordination with the school’s LEA, at least one public elementary or secondary school that is located within the identified geographic area that the grant will serve.
  3. Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served.
  4. Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant’s proposed pipeline services in the geographic area proposed to be served.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295751

Note: The Department will host two pre-application webinars:

  • Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:00 am MST
  • Thursday, August 10,2017, 11:00 am MST

Applicants are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by August 21, 2017.

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